Bachmann NH Staffers' Exodus: Read the Memo

Five paid members of Granite State staff issued a statement in an attempt to clear up confusion surrounding their departure.

The five paid members of Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire staff issued a statement this morning saying they decided to leave the campaign because they "no longer have faith in the national team."

News of the departure of Bachmann's local staffers first became public on Friday, leading to in which Bachmann and her national campaign staff denied knowledge of the exodus.

The statement issued this morning attempts to explain the circumstances surrounding the New Hampshire staff's exit.

"The team holds no ill will towards the candidate, but no longer feels relevant based on their poor relationship with the national team," the statement reads.

The statement goes on to say that the New Hampshire staffers felt "deceived," "left out of the loop," and "relegated to second-class citizens." It says the manner in which the national team treated the local staffers was "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel," and New Hampshire citizens were dealt with in a similar fashion.

At times, the local operatives said they went weeks with little or no contact with the national team, and their requests were "repeatedly ignored."

The statement says the New Hampshire team's lack of faith in Bachmann's national campaign had been building since June, when the candidate's strong debate performance boosted her to second in two polls of New Hampshire voters, behind only Mitt Romney. In the three months that followed, Bachmann did not return to New Hampshire.

The statement says that during Bachmann's visit to New Hampshire surrounding the Oct. 11 Dartmouth debate, "several incidents happened" that concerned some members of the New Hampshire campaign staff.

"Those incidents will remain private, but they were serious enough for some members to depart the campaign," the statement reads.

The statement says that Jeff Chidester, Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign manager, sent an email to someone connected to the campaign on Oct. 13 announcing that he was "done" and would no longer stay with the team.

The statement says other members of the New Hampshire team tried to contact a senior member of the national team the next day, expressing a possible desire to remain with the campaign if "a few matters" could be cleared up. But the senior national staffer never got back to them.

"The staffers took this as a signal that the national team did not want to engage in a conversation that might have resulted in the staffers remaining with the campaign," the statement says. "The staffers no longer wish to be part of the campaign."

The issue of pay is also referenced in the statement. The five local staffers in question were contract employees until Sept. 11, and were "off payroll" after that due to financial concerns with the campaign, the statement says. Some New Hampshire campaign members – though not Chidester – went back on the payroll for Bachmann's latest New Hampshire trip, but none of them received any notification to continue employment.

"Recent statements by some members of the national team regarding the employment status of Team-NH were dishonest and belittling, but indicative of the larger problems that led to Team-NH's departure," the statement adds.

mrbarolo October 24, 2011 at 05:16 PM
In another shocking development, Reuters received a statement signed by 3 glaciers asking that Bachmann be informed that, "Yes, we really are melting."
Gerry Rempel October 24, 2011 at 09:07 PM
What did these people expect working for such a stark raving lunatic?
3decadesofdisbelief October 24, 2011 at 09:22 PM
If every politician that said something and then denied it, was HP'd, the web wouldn't support the bandwidth necessary to critique the criticism.
Gail Wilhelm October 24, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Get a grip folks, the Bachmann campaign was always a smoke and mirrors operaion. It was game over when Ed Rollins left, because the money dried up.
Steve Symonds October 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Stay alert, folks. The Teanderthals look up to this whack-job. Sad, shocking, and scary commentary...
Norm October 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Rude, Dishonest and Cruel are her good points! Only to be out done by Ignorance!
bigben October 24, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Alright, let's hear the dirt about why the staffers were treated rudely, and what about the incidents that broke the camel's back ? C'mon people somebody must have gossip about this. This is where to post it.
Dora Glasberg October 25, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Nothing like backing a clear loser
John October 25, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Memo to Staff: Making yourself the story by whining in public like this is very unprofessional and disloyal. You will have a hard time ever making it into the inner circle of any candidate in the future.
bigben October 25, 2011 at 02:16 AM
I think a public scene maybe justified depending on the dirty laundry. What does it take for campaign staffers to risk their future careers ? Now that's the question not a lecture about professional conduct
gwat October 25, 2011 at 03:15 AM
After the b#llsh*t comment about she made about Obama and Iraq, she should consider resigning from the Planet. WHY can't they give the President credit for getting our boys OUT of Iraq, and Killing Osama Bin Laden, Aiding in the fall of Gadhafy without losing ONE US Soldier? Michelle, come over here.....I have duct tape.
ForThePeople October 25, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Don't you think being a campaign staffer for that campaign would ruin your career? She's a professional bigot.
Daryl Davis October 25, 2011 at 04:17 AM
This is not unusual. It means that the national Bachmann team has received orders from GOP headquarters to do nothing to enable this candidate to succeed at the state level, especially in states where it counts. Chances are the Bachmann delegates will cast their first ballot for the GOP's chosen one - whoever that is, but it isn't her - even if she gets a percentage of the primary vote that mandates their first ballot for her. These are common practices in both parties in presidential elections. Usually the shunned state organizations don't figure it out or won't admit it, so I say congratulations to the NH team for their guts, if not for their brains in supporting her in the first place. This usually happens to a really well qualified and intelligent candidate who if elected would not be easy for the corporations to manage and therefore a threat to party contributions. This is the voice of experience speaking.
johnny October 25, 2011 at 04:27 AM
I agree with best and bell all the rest of you.should have taken the" red pill" Michelle
Paul Fernandez October 25, 2011 at 05:05 AM
If you have to stand on a box to reach the microphone with High heels on, she would better served to be a Vice President they sit down and do not have to make eye contact.
Paul Fernandez October 25, 2011 at 05:07 AM
I would donate the wood for the box, because if the Piggy is broke I could not be a staffer
bigben October 25, 2011 at 09:59 AM
If what Daryl says is true,is Bachmann experiencing the same thing in Iowa? And when does the GOP decide to pull the plug on her run, I mean th tme and place when Bachmann announces she is leaving the race
Persephone Nyx October 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Its a good reflection of what the future holds if she becomes president. Just like her campaign staffers, the country would be divided and cruel, unable to get anything done or make anything work.
ItBeMe October 25, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Are you saying a President who thinks we have 57 states (or maybe 58) is well qualified and intelligent? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws
ForThePeople October 25, 2011 at 08:55 PM
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/57states.asp Keep tryin'. One of these days, I'm sure you will discover the underground mosque beneath the White House by following a trail of e-mails on Russian letterhead describing the new Socialist merger with the Democrat party. Behind a hidden panel, you will find Obama's birth certificate, which clearly shows he was born in Africa. It will include family photos of his live birth with Sally Struthers as the midwife, umbilical cord, and a rewritable CD containing the file HAWAIIBIRTH_HAHA_.psd.
3decadesofdisbelief October 26, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Bachman must be the right choice because of all the negative remarks on this forum. A good politician is directly proportional to the number of comments by the liberal's and moderates. Liberal's and progressives gave us this mess in California, Is that what we want to continue at the national level?
ItBeMe October 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM
ForThePeople - I don't see anything in my one-sentence post referring Islamist states or birthers, or mosques or Socialist, etc. You sound a little paranoid. So you, like the President, also believe there are 57 states? Are you saying he didn't say there are 57 states? Besides babbling on (again) what's your point?
ForThePeople October 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM
If you can't be bothered to read the reply, that's not something I can fix.
3decadesofdisbelief October 27, 2011 at 06:05 PM
What do you consider to be a moderate? Like being moderately pregnant? Agreeing with democrats ALL the time? You asked what happened to the moderate republicans, you can find them in the senate and house voting with the radical left progressive socialists which 47 members of the house of representatives belong.
3decadesofdisbelief October 30, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Ok manny here are the facts: The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) was established in 1991 by six members of the United States House of Representatives: Representatives Ron Dellums (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Thomas Andrews (D-ME), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Then-Representative Bernie Sanders was the convener and first chairman. The founding members were concerned about the economic hardship imposed by the deepening recession, and the growing inequality brought about by the timidity of the Democratic Party response at the time.. Since Bernie Sanders is as you say the only self proclaimed Socialist who chaired the first "progressive" caucus it's a pretty well known fact that many in the Caucus agreed with him.If they vote like a socialist talk like a socialist and associate with socialists then the must be socialists.
ForThePeople October 30, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Your evidence of socialism is that a socialist conducted a meeting with other congressional members? What? Hah... Anyway, there are a lot of policies that socialism shares with other forms of government, including our own. Your paranoia is nothing more than McCarthyism.
David Galindo November 18, 2011 at 04:33 AM
Step away from the egg nog before posting.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something